It doesn’t matter if you’re a keen diver, culture-vulture, beach bum or have an enthusiasm for antiquity; Egypt has got you covered - as has the year-round sunshine. Despite its relatively short flight, Egypt feels a world away and it’s this – combined with the array of activities and excursions available – that make cheap Egypt holidays so popular.
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You simply can not go on all inclusive Egypt holidays and not see the legendary Pyramids of Giza. The biggest of the three pyramids stands at nearly 500 feet and is the only ‘Wonder of the Ancient World’ still largely intact. No amount of photographs or footage will prepare you for the astonishment you’ll feel as you see the iconic relics of history’s first great civilisation.
Ancient Egypt’s historic frontier, Aswan is a city that offers a great deal to tourists. From the magnificent Temple of Philae to the Nubian Museum, you’ll never find yourself at a loose end. The Aswan Dam is marvel of modern architecture that ensures controlled flooding of the Nile, while the city itself lies at one of the more beautiful stretches of the iconic river.
Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, offers so much for the visitor it’s hard to know just where to start. With over 16 million residents in its metropolitan area, once you’re adjusted to the sheer chaos of the city you’ll fall in love with what the locals call Um-ad Dunya (Mother of the World).
With an average yearly temperature of over 30ºC and some of the most beautiful underwater scenery on the planet, Sharm el-Sheikh holidays are the perfect place to experience the more leisurely aspect of Egyptian life. That’s not to say you’ll be lounging all day, with such colourful marine life it’d be rude not to indulge in a dive or two.
A historical site with a twist, Dakhla Oasis is a place to visit for the Egyptian tourist with a sense of adventure. Two towns are located at the Oasis, Mut and Al-Qasr. Whereas Mut is famed for its winding streets, medieval structures and mud huts, Al-Qasr accommodates a mud-brick citadel and 600 hot springs.
Currency: Egyptian pound
Visa: 1 month visa for UK citizens upon arrival
Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hepatitis A are recommended.
Dress code: Cover up arms and legs, especially in places of religious importance.
Important numbers: Embassy: 020 7499 2401, Tourist Office: 020 7493 5283
Other info: Upon arrival, amounts of £500 cash or foreign equivalent must be declared.